Early morning call for the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat
The Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched in the early hours of the morning to rescue a man adrift in a tiny dinghy.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 2.08am on Monday 27 August to a report from Kent Police that a man was adrift in a tiny dinghy in the area of Gillingham Pier in the River Medway.
The lifeboat was on the scene at 2.34 am and quickly located the casualty who it is believed had taken to the water in the tiny craft to go and look for another dinghy, which had either broken or been cut adrift earlier, when he got into difficulties.
The lifeboat crew took the man and his dinghy back to the safety of Gillingham Pier where the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Police crew were waiting.
The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 3.25am.
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